24 August 2020

What is private cloud?

A private cloud is a dedicated computing environment that allows an organisation to scale, improve and self-service its IT infrastructure(s) securely.

Located in a data centre, a private cloud solution is managed by either the organisation itself or a managed services hosting provider. It can be used to run applications, provide users with access to software and services and share scalable resources across public and private networks.

How does private cloud work? 

A private cloud solution works by providing a pool of dedicated computing resources for the organisation’s sole use. It is maintained on a private network and utilises primary components made up of networking, computing and storage, with additional options around backup and disaster recovery, designed to offer businesses a secure single-tenant environment to run their critical applications.

What are the benefits of private cloud? 

The primary benefit of private cloud is that it gives an organisation more control over its infrastructure, as well as providing improved security and flexibility. You can customise your dedicated cloud environment to meet your business requirements while enjoying the scalability and efficiency of a public cloud.

What is hosted private cloud? 

A hosted private cloud is managed in an off-premises data centre by an accredited and dedicated provider, rather than handled internally by a business. This saves organisations from investing in on-premises engineers or security personnel and offers additional resources, scalable applications and a dedicated support team.

How does private cloud improve security? 

A private cloud solution offers improved security, as resources are not shared with others, so businesses benefit from a higher level of control over their infrastructure. Access is limited to authorised users only through secure links, making it beneficial for organisations that must adhere to compliance requirements.  

What is the difference between public and private clouds? 

The difference between public and private clouds is that almost all public clouds are a multi-tenant environment, while private clouds are single-tenant and operate solely for one business. While applications and data cannot be seen by other users on a public resource, performance can be impacted by sharing the environment with others.

What is the difference between hybrid and private cloud? 

While a private cloud solution has no shared infrastructure, hybrid cloud combines elements of private and public clouds to run applications both on-premise and off-premise. It can be either public or private depending on your organisation’s needs, and offers the same benefits as both cloud solutions.

What is the difference between hosted private cloud and on-premises? 

A hosted private cloud solution is managed by a third-party provider offsite, while on-premise services require businesses to deploy and operate their own infrastructure. Hosted private cloud helps your organisation to deploy your applications in a scalable single-tenant environment without investing in specific software and servers.

 How can iomart help you with your private cloud?

As cloud computing experts, iomart can help organisations with their private cloud hosting and infrastructure by tailoring a secure and scalable solution to suit all of your business needs. Architected with the latest technologies, all solutions are deployed in accredited data centres and are protected, managed and monitored by a dedicated team of engineers 24/7.